Rory McIlroy is firmly in tennis star Naomi Osaka’s corner as she following her third-round loss at the US Open last week.
“How can I play tennis and enjoy it and not let the results define who I am … I think everyone just needs to let her have time to figure that out.”
Osaka: ‘When I win, I don’t feel happy’
“I feel like for me recently, like when I win I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief,” . “And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal. I didn’t really want to cry, but basically I feel like … I’m kind of at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and honestly I don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match. Sorry.”
after initially announcing that she wasn’t going to speak with any reporters at the event due to mental health concerns she had — something that initially sparked some intense backlash. The French Open even .
The 23-year-old then didn’t play again until the Olympics. She broke down in tears after returning to her first formal news conference at the Western & Southern Open last month, too, and who had asked her about her relationship with the media.
McIlroy latest golfer to lend support
McIlroy is far from the first in the golf world to come to Osaka’s support.
“This is not something that goes away. There’s not a miracle drug that it goes way,” Watson . “I’m still going to have issues. I have anxieties. I have doubts. I have pride issues. I have ego issues. I’ve got them all. I’ve got every issue you can think of and I’m still with it, and hopefully I get better with it and hopefully she gets better with it, too.”
While nobody knows how long Osaka may be away from Tennis, McIlroy is confident that she’ll be able to figure it out and fall in love with the game once again.